Bosses Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Every woman in my immediate family died from either breast or ovarian cancer before the age of 50, that was all in 1960s and seventies.
The good news for women today is that breast cancer that is localized and detected early has a 99% five-year survival rate. It's hard to get better than that. That number drops to 28% if the cancer is not detected until it has spread widely. But these numbers are reasons why screening mammograms are so important. You may think that wearing pink in October has gotten a little out of hand, but giving the women in our lives, a 99% chance of surviving breast cancer, if detected early is the reason I will be wearing a pink face mask today for Bosses Wear Pink Day. I was only 19 when my mother died in 1973. If I could turn the clock back and improve her chances, you know, I would do it. But in her memory, I encourage every woman to get a mammogram when the time is right. This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.